Cam Norrie's passable impression of a threshing machine continued on Wednesday night as he fought his way into another last eight.
The British number two dragged himself into the quarter finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a dour 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory over American Tommy Paul that took two hours and a quarter hours in the desert heat.
A run of six consecutive breaks of serve ended with him holding serve for 3-2 in the decider, and finally being able to defend his lead from there.
Cameron Norrie fought his way into another last eight of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells
The British number two defeated American Tommy Paul 6-4 4-6 6-2 in the California heat
Norrie has now won 44 matches on tour in 2021, following up his recent appearance in the San Diego Open final with three more wins in the past six days.
While it is a simplistic comparison, he has claimed exactly as many victories this season as Novak Djokovic, who has skipped this tournament. Only five players have won more often since January.
The 26 year-old left-hander will now face number 1